Kateri Tekakwitha Fund

The Kateri Tekakwitha Fund exists to empower Guatemalan women to break the cycle of poverty by having a positive impact on their lives, families, and communities through collaboration, educational scholarships, and support.
Jul 16, 2013

Women of Chumanzana Recycle Plastic Bottles

Preparing the Materials
Preparing the Materials

The Women of Chmanzana have found a unique way to use empty plastic soda bottles and bags.   ADEMI, the Kateri Tekakwitha Funds non- profit partner, taught the women how to to build raised bed gardens.stuffing the  empty plastic soda bottles  with the plastic bags   We have bulit a demonstration garden and now are following up with support for the other women as they construct their own gardens.   We plan to provide seeds and starter plants along with enriched soil to fill the gardens to provide a firm beginning for each garden. We will continue to accompany the women on a weekly basis with advice and encouragement. When the women in Chumanzana have gotten a good start with their gardens, we will offer the same project to the women in Santa Clara

We have been providing workshops which encourage the women in Chumanzana and in Santa Clara la Laguna to use the vegetables they grow in new ways.  Thanks to  your donations, we have been able to provide these workshops to the seven women in Chumanzana and the twelve women in Santa Clara la Laguna that are associated with the Fund.  To continue to provide the support these women need, we will need to fully fund this project by July 31, 2013.  Please let your friends know of this need or make a donation yourself.  Fourteen $10 recurring donations would fully fund the project for a year.

Building the Raised Bed
Building the Raised Bed
Candelaria Sut Explaining the Next Steps
Candelaria Sut Explaining the Next Steps
Jun 5, 2013

More News from Our Guatemalan Scholars!


This month, the young women created a mural from newspaper pictures using all the knowledge they have gained so far this year about  vocations and careers.  It was a way to review what they have learned while having fun.  They can see their creation each time they attend a meeting.

Lily was welcomed as a new scholar moving us closer to our goal of 20 young women on scholarship for the year.  She is studying for a career in computer use in an office.  She is in first year of this high school level career.  She is from San Pedro Yepocapa in the state of Chimaltenango.  She studies weekends and helps her mother selling refrescos during the week.  She is enthusiastic about her studies and finds it interesting to explore and investigate with the computer.

The other students are all taking exams right now.  Their studies move along and they are all working hard to keep their grades up. 

In Francisca's village, they celebrated their annual fair.  They had religious activiites and a cultural night with many traditional songs, dances, etc.  The last day, they had a parade and all the  schools participated. They also had a soccer game and  the young people, both boys and girls, took part.

Francisca and Sandra are both doing their student teaching.  Francisca is really enjoying working with the 4th graders, but she says that you need to pay attention to the mischievous children who don't want to work.  Sandra is working with two grades, 3rd and 4th. It appears to her that the 3rd graders are more responsible than the 4th graders

May 28, 2013

A Letter from Mishel Cutzal, Intern.

Mishel Cutzal, Intern Office Assistant
Mishel Cutzal, Intern Office Assistant

I am very happy that the Fund has been able to extend my work experience to a complete six months because you received additional funding. I feel very good working in the Fund.  I always do the best I can to accept and complete my responsibilities and help my workmates in every way possible.

I thank you for letting me continue for three more months to gain more work experience and learn from the Fund staff.  They always explain to me how to do things when I don't know how to do them.

I feel very content doing my work in the Fund and I thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn


Mishel Cutzal

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